Thanksgiving weekend at the Museum of Glass

Festive Fall at Museum of Glass:
Calendar Highlights for November 2014
Glass pumpkins, gobblettes, turkey crafts and more! With the holiday season in full swing, Museum of Glass invites you to enjoy a variety of seasonal events and activities this November. Start your holiday shopping early with store sales, introduce visiting friends and family to the Hot Shop over Thanksgiving break and let the kids create their own festive crafts. There’s something for everyone at Museum of Glass!

Fab 5 Break Dancers, Friday, November 28, 1 and 3 pm
Join Fab 5, dancers and students from Fabitat, as they break-dance in the Grand Hall to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend.

Metal-Urge: Hot Shop Display and Jewelry Sale, October 1 – November 30
A city-wide celebration of the metal arts, organized by the City of Tacoma Arts Commission, Metal-Urge at
Museum of Glass includes a Metals in Glass Art display and unique work in the Museum Store by jewelers from around the South Sound.

Hot Shop
Feel the heat as you watch art come alive! Every day, artists demonstrate the intriguing process of creating works of art from molten glass on the amphitheater floor, giving visitors a birds-eye view of their activities. Expert commentary and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system enhance the experience by providing insight into the glassblowing process as well as the science, culture and art of glass.

Hot Lunch, Fridays, 12 – 1 pm
Celebrate Friday at Museum of Glass! Warm up by the fire and enjoy a boxed lunch from Choripan while
watching the action in the Hot Shop. Lunch includes choice of sandwich, chips and cookie. Cost: $14.95 plus Museum admission. Call 253.248.4263 to!order your lunch by 5 pm Thursday.

Gobblettes, Wednesday, November 26
See the Hot Shop create unique Thanksgiving turkey-inspired goblets, or as MOG likes to call them, gobblettes! When the Hot Shop gets crowded, our emcees are known to give away pieces created by the Hot Shop Team. Answer the Hot Shop emcee’s trivia question correctly and you may walk away with some glass!

Hot Shop Visiting Artist Program
Erich Woll, November 28-30
Erich Woll draws much of his inspiration from words and aphorisms. “They transcend cultures, religion, and time and they survive because they provide us with succinct evaluations of the human experience,” he says. Woll is a member of renowned Maestro Lino Tagliapietra’s team. Before working for Tagliapietra, Woll was a member of Dale Chihuly’s glassblowing team, where Woll quickly rose through the ranks to become color designer for the entire studio. In addition to his own work, Woll will be the gaffer for Kids Design Glass™ on November 30.

Hands-on Glass Experiences
Education Studio, Weekdays 11 am – 3 pm; Saturdays 12 – 4 pm; Sundays 1 – 4 pm
The Education Studio is an interactive, experiential learning space that provides visitors with creative
opportunities for hands-on engagement with the ideas behind the glass. Activities are designed to engage all visitors, from toddlers to senior citizens. Each month a new hands-on art activity is presented that relates to a particular exhibition or Hot Shop application.

Make Your Own Glass: Fusing Workshops, Saturdays, 11 am – 4 pm; Sundays, 1 – 5 pm
Using colorful glass shards, spaghetti-like stringers and pebbly frit, visitors can create a one-of-a-kind glass ornament or special gift. Workshops start on the hour (45 minute duration); last session begins at 3 pm on Saturdays, 4 pm on Sundays.

Cost: $29/$26 members (price does not include Museum admission). Suitable for ages 6 to adult. To reserve a space, call 253.284.4719.

Kids Design Glass™ (Ongoing)
Our Kids Design Glass™ program invites children 12 and under who visit the Museum to design a glass
sculpture. Each month, one entry is selected by the MOG Hot Shop Team. Two sculptures are created—one for
the child designer and one for the Museum’s collection. Sponsored by KCTS.

Ongoing Exhibitions
Celebrating Lino Tagliapietra, September 24, 2014 – January 18, 2015
To celebrate the incredible career and recent 80th birthday of Venetian Maestro Lino Tagliapietra, Museum of Glass has unveiled its latest glass art display, Celebrating Lino Tagliapietra, in the Grand Hall.

Made at the Museum: Iittala Birds by Toikka, September 24, 2014 – February 22, 2015
Iittala birds by Oiva Toikka return to Museum of Glass for the eleventh consecutive year. In partnership with Finland’s Iittala, Inc., this year’s display features the newly designed Anna’s Hummingbird, continuing the celebration of internationally recognized designer Oiva Toikka’s glass birds.

Hilltop Artists 20th Anniversary, September 13, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Organized by Museum of Glass and Hilltop Artists
This exhibition consists of glass objects, images and videos, telling a story that spans the past 20 years of Hilltop Artists and the community it serves. Founded with the support of artist Dale Chihuly and the leadership of the Tacoma School District, gallery owner Kathy Kaperick envisioned Hilltop Artists as a place where young people from the Hilltop neighborhood could learn from established artists as a creative and constructive outlet. Gangrelated crime and violence had made the Hilltop neighborhood notorious across the nation in the 1990s, but Kaperick believed art had the power to change the lives of at-risk youth and help keep them in school. Hilltop Artists started as a small summer program in a former woodshop at Jason Lee Middle School in 1994. With only limited equipment available, the students explored a variety of media and their first experience with glass involved heating up Snapple™ bottles and manipulating them into new shapes. Twenty years later, Hilltop Artists annually serves over 500 students, ages 12 to 20, who engage in multiple forms of hot glass instruction, creating everything from large-scale public installations composed of blown glass to intricate flame-worked sculptures and beads. Sponsored by KBCS 91.3 FM and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Lightness of Being – New Sculpture – Howard Ben Tré, September 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Internationally recognized artist Howard Ben Tré returns to his sculptural roots with Lightness of Being – New Sculpture – Howard Ben Tré, which features cast glass and bronze artworks up to eight feet tall. A focal point of attention in the series is the bubbles trapped in the glass, arrested in their natural inclination to rise. As the glass cooled, they became frozen, hanging in suspension often near the spire, drawing the eye upward and hinting at the connection to the title, the essential “lightness” that conveys a rising up, a spiritually informed sense of presence. The exhibition also includes several drawings by the artist, whose process often begins with small-scale drawings that gradually become enlarged on paper before being translated in three dimensions. Sponsored by Austin Art Projects and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

Coastal Alchemy – Anna Skibska and Associates, February 22, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Organized by Anna Skibska
Known primarily for her large-scale glass installations, Anna Skibska collaborated with poet T.s. Flock and painter Meg Holgate to create Coastal Alchemy. Skibska, who organized the exhibition, treats glass sculptures as just one of many collage elements that combine paper, photography and even shadows on the wall, to create an immersive, abstract environment. Painter Meg Holgate surrounds Skibska’s collages with a series of ethereal landscapes and paints on glass for the first time, heightening the abstract quality of her artworks. Poet T.s. Flock contributes “Cannon Beach”, a poem that becomes an object in itself, suspended from the ceiling with the pages turned to the side. Because all of the exhibition’s artists live in coastal environments, Skibska views their collaboration as related to an alchemical creative process that experiments with both literal and metaphorical edges.

Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert, February 7, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Organized by Museum of Glass
Seattle-based artists Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert have collaborated to present a multi-media exhibition that
challenges assumptions about how art can be experienced in a museum setting. By actively encouraging visitors to not only touch, but wear some of the artworks in the gallery, the artists are implicitly suggesting that art should be actively encountered rather than passively observed. The dynamic exhibition features a variety of glass sculptures combined with approximately 50 large, refurbished neon letters that visitors can touch, rearrange and wear like apparel. With a primary color palette reminiscent of children’s play equipment, Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert will engage visitors of all ages in an exploration of art.

Media Contacts:
Alexandra Carr, Digital Media Coordinator, 253.284.2130,
Hillary Ryan, Associate Director of Marketing, 253.284.4732,

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. In addition to the Hot Shop Amphitheater where visitors can watch artists work, the facilities include galleries, outdoor exhibition areas, a theater, hands-on art studio, grand hall, café and store.

Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission,The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and ArtsFund.

Hours and Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Store is also open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum open seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military, students (13+ with ID) and AAA Members, $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children (6-12) years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 27- Thanksgiving: Museum CLOSED

All events are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Calendar listings are subject to change. For updated information, visit or call 253.284.4750 / 1.866.4MUSEUM.

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